Sunday September 25, 2022

Christ Lutheran Church

Deepening people’s connections to Christ
Bringing meaning to daily life
Making a difference in our community

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome to Worship!

All are welcome, and we are glad you are with us as we pray and worship together, growing in faith as followers of Christ.

Today’s Worship Theme: Don’t let comfort and ease become more important than the call to share God’s abundance with the world. Today, we as a Reconciling in Christ congregation follow Christ’s call to break down walls, and celebrate and affirm our welcome for LGBTQIA people on the weekend of Tower Grove Pride!

Masks are optional in the sanctuary since Covid levels have decreased in the community. Thank you for silencing your cell phones.

We extend a special welcome to guests worshipping with us today! Please sign the visitor log in the narthex or sign-in on Zoom in the live chat. We hope you’ll feel welcomed and spiritually nourished. If you’d like to speak to the pastor about the congregation, please let her know directly or call the church office at 314-962-6011.

We welcome young children to worship. Children’s bulletins and bags with children’s materials are available in the narthex.

We will celebrate communion together. Those on Zoom are invited to gather the bread and wine and join us for worship. All are welcome at God’s table!

This bulletin will be your guide in Worship. In our spoken readings and prayers, the congregation speaks the items in bold.

Assistive Listening Devices are available at the rear of the sanctuary. Please see an usher for use instructions.

We are here to help you! To be added to our e-mail list, to have a hymnal delivered to your home, or to get a printed bulletin mailed to you, or of there is any other way we can assist you, please let us know.

Sunday, September 25, 10:00 am
Click to join Zoom Worship or
Call in from any phone 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 278 217 453 Password: 971744

GATHERING

PRELUDE

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

SILENT MEDITATION Let us prepare for worship by quieting our hearts and minds.

Please stand in body or spirit.

GREETING The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.

God welcomes each of us, diverse and beautiful;
God’s love is sure, and it is for all!

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

Every week, we start out by remembering that we are God’s children. Sometimes, we take time to ask for God’s forgiveness and help using a Confession and Forgiveness, because we all make mistakes! Other Sundays, we remember our baptisms, and celebrate God’s love and the gift of life.

Giver of Life, in the midst of life exploited by greed and abuse of power. Have mercy on us. 

Giver of Life, in the midst of life shortened by hate and exclusion. Have mercy on us. 

Giver of Life, in the midst of life destroyed by war and conflict. Have mercy on us. 

Giver of Life, in the midst of life groaning for fullness and dignity. Have mercy on us. 

Giver of Life, you created us all in your image, and we squandered this gift of life. And the whole humanity and creation lament with us.  Have mercy on us. 

A moment of silence is held for personal reflection. 

When God created the whole creation, God saw that it was good. God loved it and continues to love all. Go forth as created, known, and loved people, forgiven to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim God’s favor. 

May the giver of life make all things new through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

GATHERING HYMN ACS, 979 Making their Way

We sing in Worship because it is a way to come together and pray to God as a family. And then, we offer one another peace, promising to love, forgive, and care for one another.

SIGN OF PEACE Peace Be With You!

HYMN OF PRAISE Setting 5, WOV

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. Naming God, in a world where we so easily follow the lead of the rich man and establish barriers between us, you sent your Beloved Child to us to dissolve the binaries between clean and unclean, holy and unholy, human and divine, saved and unsaved, and even death and life. Grant that we, following in your Child’s footsteps, may see our whole lives as Scripture, so the coming of your Kin-dom may be witnessed in the way we love one another. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Companion and Protector. Amen.

Please be seated.

WORD

We Lutherans call the Bible the “Living Word.” It was written a long time ago by people who were inspired by God to share about their faith. It is “living” because even today, reading the Bible helps us learn about God, and how to bring God’s love and mercy to the world. So, every week, we read from the Bible together at Worship. We call this part of the service “The Word” because we read the word of God!

Reader: Roger Rose

FIRST LESSON  Amos 6: 1a, 4-7

The First Lesson is from Amos , chapter six.

1aAlas for those who are at ease in Zion, and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria,

4Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory, and lounge on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the stall; 5who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and like David improvise on instruments of music; 6who drink wine from bowls, and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph! 7Therefore they shall now be the first to go into exile, and the revelry of the loungers shall pass away.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

We will read Psalm 146 responsively.

PSALM 146

Leader: 1Hallelujah! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
People: 2I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Leader: 3Put not your trust in rulers, in mortals in whom there is no help.
People: 4When they breathe their last, they return to earth, and in that day their thoughts perish. 
Leader: 5Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help, whose hope is in the Lord their God;
People: 6who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; who keeps promises forever;
Leader: 7who gives justice to those who are oppressed, and food to those who hunger. The Lord sets the captive free.
People: 8The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.
Leader: 9The Lord cares for the stranger; the Lord sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked.
People: 10The Lord shall reign forever, your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah!

SECOND LESSON 1 Timothy 6: 6-19

The second lesson is from 1 Timothy chapter six.

6Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.11But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. 16It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. 17As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Please stand in body or spirit.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Setting 5, WOV

Reader: Pastor Meagan

GOSPEL Luke 16: 19-31

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, chapter sixteen, Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said: 19“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. 23In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. 24He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ 25But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. 26Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ 27He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house—28for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ 29Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ 30He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

Please be seated.

CHILDREN’S SERMON Kate Dopuch

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY ACS, 1036 Commonwealth is God’s Commandment

APOSTLES’ CREED

Each week, we say a creed, a statement of what we believe as Christians. We say it every week, because we are all still learning about our faith, and it helps to practice it together. We use different words sometimes, but we always say that we believe that God created all things, that God came in Jesus to show us how much he loves us, and that the Holy Spirit brings life, courage, and hope.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.   

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,  who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,  born of the virgin Mary,  suffered under Pontius Pilate,  was crucified, died, and was buried;  he descended to the dead.*  On the third day he rose again;  he ascended into heaven,  he is seated at the right hand of the Father,  and he will come to judge the living and the dead.   

I believe in the Holy Spirit,  the holy catholic church,  the communion of saints,  the forgiveness of sins,  the resurrection of the body,  and the life everlasting. Amen.   

Please be seated.

PRAYER REQUESTS

You are invited to share joys and concerns via chat in Zoom, or speak them aloud, so the whole community of faith gathered may hold them in prayer.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

The Prayers of Intercession are when we pray together as God’s family. “Intercession” means we are praying for each other, and for the world, not only for ourselves.

Prayer Leader: Sandy Hoyer

As scattered grains of wheat are gathered together into one bread, so let us gather our prayers for the church, those in need, and all of God’s good creation.

Please stand in body or spirit.

A brief silence.

O God, rich in mercy, fill your church here at Christ Lutheran and around the world with righteousness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Empower the baptized by your Spirit to be rich in good works and ready to share. Be especially with those among us preparing for Confirmation: James, Harrison, John, and Marc. God of grace, hear our prayer.

Spirit of Life who paints the skies in every hue, we praise you for morning and night, for dawn and dusk, and for every moment in between. We praise you for the vibrant, loud, and serene colors of creation. We revel in the ever-changing seasons. We thank you for the infinite and as-yet undiscovered diversity of your creatures, of galaxies beyond our imagining. Teach us to feel awe again. Teach us to see and celebrate the stunning beauty in all you have made. God of grace, hear our prayer.

Protect the earth and its creatures. Provide water, food, shelter, and favorable habitats, especially for endangered species. Preserve threatened ice caps, glaciers, parks, and beaches. God of grace, hear our prayer.

Increase justice in nations, local governments, and in our communities. Where any of your children are excluded or degraded, especially today the LGBTQIA community, open our hearts to celebrate the diverse creativity of your creation, and claim your love for all people. God of grace, hear our prayer.

Give food to the hungry. Set the captives free. Lift up those who are bowed down. Watch over the stranger. Tend to those who are ill. Stir us to act in the best interest of our neighbors. God of grace, hear our prayer.

Presider

You call us to be present with those who suffer. We lift up all who grieve, who are ill in body, mind, and spirit, and all who are need of our prayers. We pray especially for those named in Remembering One Another in Prayer, and those named by we who gather this morning . . . . God of grace, hear our prayer.

Enfold the saints who have died in the arms of your loving care, especially Flo Saeger, whose life we celebrated yesterday. Grant that the holy angels accompany us and bring us to eternal life with them in the light of your presence. God of grace, hear our prayer.

Gathered together in the sweet communion of the Holy Spirit, gracious God, we offer these and all our prayers to you; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

Please be seated.

MEAL

OFFERING 

We are called to be stewards of all of God’s abundance, so that the community in which we are planted may thrive: time, presence, and skills, and God’s creation. We are also called to financially embody care for our community inside and outside our sanctuary. Please support our ministries as you are able. To support ministry financially, you can give electronically on our website, or send a check in to the office. If you give electronically, place the “I give electronically” slip from your pew in the basket if you wish.

OFFERTORY Canticle of the Turning, Christ Choir

Please stand in body or spirit.

OFFERTORY HYMN Let the Vineyards be Fruitful, from WOV, setting 5

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Let us pray. We give you thanks, generous God, for every good gift comes from your hands: food and clothing, life and health, family and friends, and above all your grace. Make us rich in mercy, generous and ready to share, that all creation may know your abundance. Amen.

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

When Jesus was here on earth, he had meals with all different people, everywhere he went. Sometimes he even got into trouble because people didn’t like who he ate with! At the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples they should eat with one another, so they would remember that no matter what, Jesus is right here with us, not just in our imaginations, but in the bread and wine we share together. We have Communion every week so we remember Jesus is with us, and invites us to care for each other as he did.

Siblings in Christ, God is with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift our hearts to God.
Let us give our thanks to God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God, for you alone are the blessed immortal sovereign who dwells in unapproachable light. In the shadow of your wing, you created the earth and gave life to all things. Through Moses and the prophets you called us
to take hold of the life that really is life. When our own harmful desires plunged us into destruction, and we gazed across a great chasm hungering for even the crumbs that fell from your table, you promised that you would once again feed and clothe us. You sent your child, Jesus Christ to show us your abundance. After testifying to the truth before Pontius Pilate, he was killed, but you raised him from the dead, and now he seats us at your banquet table, and richly provides us with everything for fullness of life.

And so, with the earth and all of its creatures, with all of your children of all corners of the earth, and with all of the angels and saints, we join your joyful hymn of praise.

SANCTUS Setting 5, WOV

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples saying: Take and eat, this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.     

Again after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying, this cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sins. Do this for the remembrance of me.  

THE PRAYER OF JESUS

We say the Prayer Jesus Taught Us together every week, because when the disciples wanted to know how to pray, this is how Jesus taught them. We are reminded that God loves us like a parent. We ask God to provide what we need, help us to follow God, and to forgive us when we make mistakes. And we remember that everything belongs to God.

In faith and hope, let us join together in praying the words that Jesus taught us.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

INVITATION TO THE TABLE

May we who have fed at Wisdom’s table take her welcome out to where tables are reserved and doors are closed. May the Spirit drive us to break our bread on the altar of the world.

Please be seated.

For those in the sanctuary, we invite you to come forward, waiting at the front pew until it is your household’s turn to receive communion. We will serve communion by intinction, with the servers dipping the bread into the wine for you.

For those on Zoom, we invite you to take time right now to break bread, and know that this whole community of faith joins in the meal with you. Peace be upon you this day!

AGNUS DEI Setting 5, WOV

COMMUNION HYMNS

479 We Come to the Hungry Feast

ACS, 1037 Christ, Our Peace (to be sung three times)

Please stand in body or spirit.

POST-COMMUNION PRAYER

Each week, we are nourished and fed as we gather in the sanctuary and on Zoom to celebrate communion together. And each week, members of this community bring the sacred meal to those who are unable to be with us for Worship. Share not only the sacrament we have celebrated, but also the love of God and the Christ Lutheran Church family.

Let us pray. We come again to you, O God, giving you thanks that in this feast of mercy you have embraced us and healed us, making us one in the body of Christ. Go with us on our way. Equip us for every good work, that we may continue to give you thanks by embracing others with mercy and healing; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

SENDING

BENEDICTION

We come to Worship every week so we can go out and bring God’s love to the world, so we always end Worship with a Benediction–a blessing–to help us do that.

May the Holy Parent ignite the fires of advocacy in your heart;
May the Spirit place the scroll of knowledge on your tongue in tough conversations;
and May the Child Jesus walk with you as you love all that God has made! Amen.

CLOSING HYMN 535 Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises

SENDING

Go out and share God’s love in the world! Thanks be to God!

POSTLUDE Toccata in D Minor (Dorian) – Johann Sebastian Bach

WORSHIP LEADERS AND ASSISTANTS

We would like to thank those who helped with worship today:

Children’s Sermon: Kate Dopuch
Usher: Sherry Mitchler, Susan DeBusk (offering)
Key Person: Keith Lissant, Sherry Mitchler (close)
Acolyte: Luke Bender
Assisting Minister: Sandy Hoyer
Lector: Roger Rose
Altar Guild: Jessica Gunther
Flower Team: Sandy Hoyer
Choir Director: Diane Drollinger
Counter: Tore Stole
Zoom Host: Matt Bender
Organist: Mark Ruff
Musicians: Christ Lutheran Choir (Director Diane Drollinger)

Life Around Christ

Blessings of the Animals Potluck and Praise
Saturday, October 1, 5:00pm, Christ Lutheran Churchyard
It’s the Feast of St. Francis, and time for blessing of the animals! We will pray, reflect, and sing, bless our beloved non-human companions of all species and breeds, and share a meal together. All are welcome to join us!

Tech Team Volunteers Needed. If you have any interest in joining the Tech team to help set up Sunday Zoom worship we are in need of additional volunteers. Training will be provided and the average time commitment is approximately one Sunday worship a month. Please contact Pastor Meagan if interested. 

Our new Sunday schedule has started with Adult forum and Sunday School at 9:00am and Worship at 10:00am, followed by dedicated Fellowship Hour.

Thank you to all assisting with Worship today! Ministry is shared among all the people of God. Please join us and participate in making Worship, and all our other ministries, possible!                                                                                                                   

This Week
Monday, September 26: 12:00 Fellowship at Laclede Groves, 4:00p Fitness Group at CLC
Wednesday, September 28: 7:30p Choir practice
Thursday, September 29: 4:00p Fitness group at CLC
Sunday, October 2: 9:00a Sunday school and Adult Forum, 10:00a Worship

Acknowledgments: Portions of today’s service are from: All Creation Sings published by Augsburg Fortress, copyright 2020; Lutheran Book of Worship published by Augsburg Publishing, copyright 1978; Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year C, Volume 1, copyright 2012, printed by Westminster John Knox Press, Creative Worship Resources, Creative Communications for the Parish, reprinted by permission, all rights reserved; Now the Feast and Celebration, copyright 1990, printed by G.I.A. Publications; Sundays and Seasons, Year C 2022, copyright 2021; and Evangelical Lutheran Worship, copyright 2006, printed by Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, Minnesota, reprinted under OneLicense.net #A-71-939, all rights reserved.

REMEMBERING ONE ANOTHER IN PRAYER

Please include the following people in your prayer life during this week. To add a name to the Prayer List, inform Pastor Meagan (pastor@christwg.org or 612-388-5920) or the Church Office (office@christwg.org).  Please assure that the individual agrees to have his or her name printed in the bulletin.

ONGOING HEALTH CONCERNS: Those who are suffering from chronic pain & diseases, Shelly Madden, Linda Armstrong, Gege Brightman, Christine Austin, Kate and Brian Bates (John Hoffmann’s sister and brother-in-law), Evan Deck, Helga Hayes, John Hoffmann, Bev & Al Marcus (friend of John Hoffmann), Michael McMullen (Greg McMullen’s brother), Christy Monson ( Step-daughter of Carolyn Lange), Donna Munger, Betsy Nielson (Nancy Lissant’s sister), Doris & Harry Rahlfs (Karen Wood’s parents), Joyce Traxler (Friend of Susan DeBusk), Shirley Wolf, and Wayne Wellman (Susanne Reimer-Fey’s brother).

IN BLESSED MEMORY: For all of those who have died and all of those who grieve, that they may know the presence of God who grieves with us.

IN MILITARY SERVICE: Josh Duncan, Chris Hudson, Jesse Proctor, Scott Warr.

A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
WELCOME, GROW, SERVE IN CHRIST

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1 Selma Avenue at Lockwood
Webster Groves, Missouri 63119-3199
Telephone: 314-962-6011
E-mail: office@christwg.org
Website: http://www.christwg.org

Pastoral Minister Meagan McLaughlin
Please contact Pastor Meagan in case of emergency pastoral care needs at 612-388-5920 or 314-962-6011 ext. 103, pastor@christwg.org
Director of Senior Adult Ministries and Faith Community Nurse- Carolyn Crowe
Church Council President- Jessica Gunther
Organist- Mark Ruff
Director of Choirs- Diane Drollinger
Church Administrator- Lisette Kreitler
Stephen Leaders – Linda Griffith and Carolyn Crowe

A designated Webster University Campus Ministry congregation
A Stephen Ministry Congregation
A Reconciling in Christ Congregation

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